South Lanarkshire Family Support Service

We offer support to anyone in South Lanarkshire over the age of 16 who is affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use. This could be a direct family member, or even a friend or a colleague who is using substances.  

Laurie Lee Whitton is the Family Support Development Officer for South Lanarkshire, contact Laurie Lee directly on 07584 908291, email: laurielee@sfad.org.uk or call our National Helpline on 08080 10 10 11

Connect with our South Lanarkshire service today:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FamilySouthLan

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FamilySouthLan

We also take referrals from all external agencies – make a referral here.

What We Offer

In South Lanarkshire, our Family Support service is part of a partnership with My Support Day called All In The Family, email: allinthefamily@sfad.org.uk

My Support Day contact details:

Mel- MelMcPherson@thebeacons.org.uk or 07398 970172

Lisa- LisaKerr@thebeacons.org.uk or 07932 567976

Based in South Lanarkshire Beacons, All In The Family will support you regardless of what stage your loved one is at with their substance use (actively using, in treatment or recovery).

Support comes in a range of different sizes. In South Lanarkshire, we offer:

  • One-to-One Support
  • Group Support
  • CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach & Family Training)
  • Support to access Bereavement Counselling
  • Access to Naloxone

One-to-One Support

Scottish Families can offer you one-to-one support if you would like to speak to someone, confidentially, about a loved one you are concerned about.

Laurie Lee will offer you time and space to explore the issues affecting you, let you express your thoughts and feelings, and help you to come up with ideas and solutions to move forward. Common topics include improving communication, setting boundaries with your loved one, and looking after yourself.

Each support session lasts around one hour and the frequency can be arranged to suit your needs.

Group Support

My Support Day (Mel & Lisa) run several support groups each week.

All in The Family (Laurie Lee, Mel & Lisa) provide learning and development sessions each month. Examples of these are; Mental Health and Wellbeing sessions, Drug and Alcohol information sessions, some of which will be delivered by external agencies. We are always asking our family members what they would find useful and we enjoy putting on fun sessions as well, such as arts & crafts

All In The Family believe support should be tailored to each person, meaning you can join in on everything on offer, or choose to only go to support groups or just ask for one-to-one support.

CRAFT

(Community Reinforcement Approach & Family Training)

At Scottish Families, we love using a programme called CRAFT.

CRAFT is a set of 7 structured sessions and is a solution-focused, skills-based programme with a strong evidence base. It involves role-plays to help you practice new skills and has small assignments and tasks which you will be asked to do away from the sessions.

If you would like to learn more about the CRAFT principles, this is something Laurie Lee can deliver either 1:1 or in group settings.

Support to Access Bereavement Counselling

If you have lost someone who used alcohol or drugs, our bereavement service is here to support you. We can chat and offer some advice and information. We also can put you in touch with an accredited counsellor who is local to you. Our service is free and is available across Scotland.

To discuss this further, contact Laurie Lee on 07584 908291 or call our National Helpline today on 08080 10 10 11

Access to Naloxone

Naloxone is a drug that can reverse the effects of opioid drugs like heroin, methadone, opium, codeine, morphine and buprenorphine. It is only effective for opioid overdoses and won’t work with any other drug.

We are now able to provide naloxone direct to anyone living in Scotland who is over the age of 16 through our ‘Click & Deliver’ take-home naloxone service

Contact Laurie Lee on 07584 908291 to discuss this further, or visit our Take Home Naloxone page to order a kit.

Who We Are

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Laurie Lee Whitton is the Family Support Development Officer for South Lanarkshire

Laurie Lee joined Scottish Families in July 2020. Before joining the team, Laurie Lee worked in a role that supported women who sell or exchange sex online in Scotland. Prior to that role, Laurie Lee worked with male, LGBT+, and BME survivors of domestic abuse.

Laurie Lee’s passion lies in amplifying the voices of people in communities that may be overlooked or stigmatised. She is a strong believer that everyone deserves to be heard and supported.

Outside of work, Laurie Lee enjoys spending time with friends and family, eating good food and reading non-fiction.

For any enquiries about our South Lanarkshire Family Support Service, contact Laurie Lee- laurielee@sfad.org.uk, or on 07584 908291 or follow Laurie Lee on Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurieleeSFAD

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